Over the years the charity has provided assistance to many small projects which include health programmes, education and school sponsorship, social welfare concerns, vocational training, environment and construction projects. More details of the previous projects and achievements may be found in the History of the Charity but an overview of the charity activities is as follows.
Health The initial focus of the charity in relation to health was the funding of rural clinics for women and babies which were held monthly in five rural locations. As clinics are now based at the hospital then this project is no longer required. Today training in health and sanitation in schools has become the focus. Many medical students from the UK and overseas have undertaken their elective placements within the local hospital, and have also helped to support the local community via charity projects.
Education Over the years many children from the poorest families have been sponsored through the charity to enable them to attend school. Today at least 40 children are sponsored each year by individuals and other forms of fundraising. Equipment has been provided including books, music and sports equipment. Volunteers are encouraged to help by teaching, and providing general help with English language in the local schools and college.
Community Groups and Projects Through our sister charity in Nepal known as GDHEDS (Gorkha Health and Education Scheme) we work with community groups which are NGO’s such as the Gorkha Women’s Association (GWA) which was formed through the Charity links, and the Youth Movement for the Environment (TYME) Many social programmes and skills and craft based projects have been supported to help the local women and other groups. Representatives of each NGO is on the GDHEDS committee and through this we are able to link with the community needs.
Volunteers and Electives Up to 100 volunteers and medical electives have traveled to Gorkha through the Charity. The medical electives have gained valuable experience in the local hospital in Gorkha, and other volunteers have been involved in some of our many projects over the years, including teaching, health care, and transference of a wide range of skills.
Current projects Today the Charity aims to provide funds for ongoing projects within Gorkha and the surrounding district, and we are currently hoping to raise additional money for the construction of school toilets as this is seen as an area of high risk to the health of the children. We have also recently developed a Hygiene Education Programme which provides classes to school children to ensure better awareness of health and hygiene.